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Cousin Betsy

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A half-witted person, a “Bess of Bedlam” (q.v.).

“[None] can say Foster’s wronged him of a penny, or gave short measure to a child or a cousin Betsy.”—Mrs. Gaskell.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Court Fools
Court Holy Water
Court Plaster
Court of Love
Court of Pie-powder
Court of the Gentiles (The)
Courtesy
Courtesy Titles
Cousin
Cousin
Cousin Betsy
Cousin-german
Cousin Jack
Cousin Michael (or Michel)
Coûte que Coûte (French)
Couvade
Cove
Covenanters
Covent Garden
Coventry
Coventry Mysteries